Corvette lovers, mark your calendars for mid-January 2013. Thats when SPEED will wish you a happy new year with its latest car-guy (and -gal) show, called Vetted, A Corvette Series. The 13-episode, half-hour series celebrates the Corvette culture from its inception more than 60 years ago, through its classic muscle-car years, into its current incarnation as a world-class sports car, and beyond.
I came up with the idea for the show after listening to my partner, Ken Rouse, tell me about all the Corvette clubs in the country and all their activities, Stan Kmet, the president of Alpha & Omega Entertainment Group, tells VETTE in an exclusive interview. I have loved the design of the Corvette over the years and thought it would make a great TV show. I wrote it up and submitted it to a producer friend in Hollywood who liked the concept and encouraged me to go for it. A dear friend, Peter Simone, introduced me to Drew Waters. I thought he would make a great host for the show.
Waters, a self-described car nut with a passion for muscle cars and the Corvette, is a seasoned Hollywood actor. He has enjoyed on-camera roles in eight television shows, including the part of Coach Wade Aikman in the hit series Friday Night Lights. He has also appeared in 14 motion pictures, including Blonde Ambition, Mad Money, and Inspector Mom, and hell be seen in the soon-to-be released films Cowgirls n Angels and Charlie and the Toy Store.
Hes joined by co-host Jeff Hammond, who is Fox Sports NASCAR weekly prerace show host.
VETTE had the opportunity to sit down with Waters after the taping of Vetteds pilot episode. Lets see what he had to say about the fastest-moving weekly half-hour Corvette show to ever hit the airwaves.
VETTE magazine: Drew, thanks for taking time from your busy Hollywood schedule to talk about your new TV show. Please tell us about it.
Drew Waters: I know your readers will be really excited about Vetted. Its filled with fast Corvettes, as well as celebrities and everyday people alike whose lives revolve around the brand.
VM: Is Vetted a reality show or an episodic documentary?
DW: I think it is right in the middle. Reality is such a harsh word in todays society, because viewers think its all about big personalities. In contrast, Vetted is what the Corvette brand has done to a generation. But its not a true documentary, either. In 13 episodes, well bring viewers the drama of victory and failure from the people who build, own, restore, race, and compete [in] Corvettes. Instead of pigeonholing it, Id rather say the shows format is a great storytelling platform, with the Corvette, of course, as its central theme.
VM: Did the idea for the show come from Corvettes 60th anniversary, or from the news of the upcoming C7?
DW: Actually, it was neither. The shows development team sat down and talked about why we really wanted to put this show out. It didnt necessarily have anything to do with either of the events you mention. We wanted to do it because of what the Corvette stands for.
VM: And that is?
DW: In one word, camaraderie. It stands for a 100,000-plus-strong group of individuals who come together because they love their Corvettes. You get Corvettes together, whether its a 53 or a 13 or any model year in between, and its like a brotherhood. Thats what we really call out on Vetted.
VM: With that said, does the show emphasize any one Corvette generation over another?
DW: I think we treat them all with equal stature. Its been a long run for the brand, and you really havent seen any of the generations die off. Each generation, without exception, has a true loyal following.
01 Vetted creator Stan Kmet (on left) and host Waters instruct a crowd of Corvette fans before filming scenes for a first-season episode.02 Vette fans, get ready for Vetted. Produced and hosted by actor Waters (shown) and NASCAR's Jeff Hammond, the show promises a non-stop thrill ride through 60 years of Corvette culture. The Velocity Yellow '12 ZR1 seen here is but one example of the many Vettes that appear on the show.03 Kirk Bennion, the C6's exterior designer, provides an insider's description of the '11 Z06X show car.